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LSBU puts spotlight on gender inequality with Honor Diaries film screening

11 May 2015
A film still showing a woman putting on a headscarf in front of a mirror

LSBU is holding a public screening of 'Honor Diaries' – a documentary film exploring women's rights in the Middle East – in partnership with Oxfam and Mantis World

London South Bank University (LSBU) is hosting a film screening and panel discussion exploring issues of gender inequality.

The event will see LSBU partner with leading international development charity Oxfam and ethical clothing company Mantis World to show Honor Diaries, a powerful and inspiring documentary film which profiles the work of nine advocates for women's rights in examining abuses faced by women in Muslim-majority societies. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr Shaminder Takhar, LSBU Reader in Sociology, with contributions from Yasmin Rehman, Women's Aid Federation, gender rights campaigner Leyla Hussein and Kalyani Gandhi Rhodes, Oxfam.

Honor Diaries breaks the silence on 'honour violence' against women and girls and confronts issues such as freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation. It features a strong cast of female human-rights activists including New York Times bestselling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who are aiming to improve the treatment of women from a variety of different countries.

All proceeds from the screening will support Oxfam's work to improve access to education for girls in Pakistan, where in the poorest, disaster-hit areas only one third of girls has ever been to school.

Dr Shaminder Takhar said: "Honor Diaries is a film that tackles head-on some of the most serious issues affecting women in the international community. This event is crucial in helping to raise awareness of the inequalities faced daily by women across the world and places the university at the centre of an important international debate on gender imbalance. High-profile partners such as Oxfam and Mantis World really help to bring further visibility to this subject and I'm looking forward to hearing the thoughts and ideas of the panel as to how to effect real and positive change in this area."

The Honor Diaries film screening will take place in the Keyworth Centre, LSBU, Keyworth Street, London, SE1 6NG, at 6pm on Tuesday 19th May. Tickets: £9/£5 concessions + booking fee, available via Eventbrite.

 
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